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Old 01-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Project Corkie

So it begins.. Corkie..don't know why..but that's the first thing I thought of when I saw it.. It has the front Clip of a 70'ish C10..and the original color was Ochre....I plan on turning this into a Florida Permanent Topless Blazer. I got it from Grand Island, Nebraska from a pretty solid dude and it's already gotten the axles removed.. This is gonna be a frame off restoration keeping the Engine and Tranny.. I will move as fast as the money will take me and hopefully some good pictures and better advice as it goes..
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Apparently my buddy has already pulled both axles apart and looks like other than the Dana 44 both front and rear needs complete rebuilds....Any Suggestions on Rear/Front Lockers? and I plan on putting 32 1/2 BFG K2's on it and the current springs are garbage..to high..bent..etc...I think I'm gonna have Tampa Spring company make some for me and I guess I should just tell them I want it 2 inches higher than stock??? Cheaper Freight and I really want just a slight suspension lift instead of the 4 inch that I see alot..any help would be greatly appreciated...
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Re: Project Corkie

Cool. Following along.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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Breakdown is almost Complete.. Body will be heading to Body shop for some Panel repairs and Frame and Axles should be in Powder Coating by Saturday.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
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Body is taken off and on Vacation at the Body Shop.... Not gonna start working on that until Middle of March... Frame is all the way down..Getting a few spots welded and then off to Powdercoating to meet the axles..hopefully will have back by next week.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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My Mechanic and buddy is pumped that the frame/axles are finished total rework and ready for 1st mock up at the body shop....still along way to go.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #7
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Blazer getting rocker area completely redone!... inching closer..
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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Still working on completely redoing the rockers.... lots of money for something that no one will see when it's done..
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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Re: Project Corkie

No one else but us....and i think the work looks great!
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:04 PM   #10
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Replacing the bed panels.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:30 PM   #11
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awesome start, what size lift is that?
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:36 PM   #12
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2.5 skyjacker.. it's riding really high right now with no engine..etc...
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:20 PM   #13
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Lots of Metal work going on...but coming along pretty smoothly...hoping for some color on it within 45 days...tranlated into blazer restoration speak...that really means 3 months....
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Re: Project Corkie

Suscribed. Nice work so far.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:59 AM   #15
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Inching Closer..bad pics..I'll go and get pics of my own soon...but it's starting to resemble a truck again.. color should still be middle of July..
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:20 AM   #16
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side view..
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:56 PM   #17
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No Change.... just better pics....still looking at end of july..well.. if all goes well.. at least it will be nice and cool by the time I drive it......just don't want it to be hot...the next hot...
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:30 PM   #18
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My project has hit a major snag.... apparently my body shop guy didn't brace the body when he replaced the rocker boxes...(not sure how he would know less than I)...even though I asked him about doing this before hand.....now the body is canted...and although he said that it can be "Tweeked".. I didn't believe him...since it's been in body shop prison for almost 18 months...I grabbed it out of pure frustration..now..I have taken it to 3 different reputable restoration shops...all of which has said that either the hull needs to be replaced....or that it's gonna have to be completely torn apart and resquared/welded/rockerboxed....etc.....However.. this is not gonna stop me.. I'm determined to get this beast going again....so hopefully I'll have some better news to report soon.....I guess the best lesson is a bought one...and I damn sure paid for this lesson....
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Re: Project Corkie

Glad you are sticking with it, I'm sure its frustrating but there are a lot of guys on this site who know these trucks pretty well. Your body seams around the doors and tailgate look pretty good in the pictures. I didn't know if canted means the body bolts don't line up with the frame or not. Did the body shop do the work with the body off the frame?
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Pictures might give us a better understanding of what's wrong.
Even if the body has a bad twist to it, it's amazing what a bit of heat and pressure will do.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:38 AM   #21
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I don't have any pictures because it is at my mechanics place right now.. essentially what happened is that when he didn't brace door frame and when he cut out the rocker boxes on both sides..there was no support...he then welded everything in...so now everything is still off... I'm waiting on the last guy to get back to me.. He's apparently a past Detroit Ridler award winner...so I think he may be the best person to fix this.. He should be getting back to me today..
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wouldn't the shop be responsible for their blunder
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:11 PM   #23
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Well that's where it gets really interesting... I've been paying this guy for quite a while with no work being done...about 2 months ago he tells me he has sold his part of the business..so now he would be free to work on it faster...."front of the line" he said. Then 3 weeks later I show up..and it's sitting outside in the rain..surface rust everywhere..(items that I have bought brand new just laying in the back). I am furious and talk to the body guy...he says that he's moving to a new shop..later that day...2 weeks later I show up..it's still outside... I find out who owns the building..call the owner and basically told that this guy didn't even have a business license and he removed him as a tenant....etc..etc...so that's when I grab it..... I could look into suing him..but from what I can tell..there would really be nothing to gain...the bodyshop guy was a friends recommendation...who did a pretty decent job on his car..and he seemed legit for about a year....so..I'm just gonna suck it up...and find someone with credentials .
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That's a raw deal, it is worth looking into if you paid him a decent amount of money and he ruined parts through neglect? I hear you on wanting to just be done and move on but I would want to know my legal options.
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Good Timing.. I just got a call from the bodyshop that I originally wanted... They will have an opening in about 7 weeks... They are gonna remove it and start over.. I have to buy the rocker boxes again and all that it entails and total cost up to Paint will be 6K. Which I'm willing to live with.... I will have another shop do the actual paint... (He does really high end paint jobs..they start at 5K...just for paintjob...so I have another person for that) He's a previous Ridler award winner..and I toured his place last week....It's like a different world... On the legal side..I'm gathering information and check stubs to see actually how much I paid jackazz to decide if I'm gonna seek legal action. So I'm actually really pumped that I could be driving it by Christmas...if all goes well.. I'll update the status in a couple of weeks.
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